Slaven Bilic delivers two-word verdict on senior West Ham player
By Matt Farr
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has hailed striker Andy Carroll as a “complete player” following the victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Carroll played an important role as well as scoring a contender for goal of the season as the Hammers thrashed Crystal Palace 3-0 in the Premier League.
His perfectly-executed scissor-kick earned wholesale praise on social media, and Bilic needed just the two words to describe his overall performance.
The 28-year-old netted only his third goal of the season, having missed the first three months of the campaign with a knee injury.
But despite his long-term absence, his Hammers boss hailed his all-round ability, admitting that he was a ‘big fan’ of Carroll.
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He told TalkSport: “He has great quality, but also a great work rate in training, great determination, great leadership, great character, and great honesty.
“I rate him as a player very highly. It’s not a secret, but I rate him even more as a man.
“He gives you everything. He’s the complete player.”
Carroll has long been a star of the show at West Ham, having become their talisman in front of goal since arriving from Liverpool in 2013. Despite a career hampered with injuries, the 28-year-old netted nine goals last term.
He will have a massive role to play over the remainder of the season as West Ham look to kick-on from Saturday’s victory and push for a return to the top-half of the table.
The victory saw them jump up to 12th in the Premier League, but they are still just a point shy of Burnley who are in 1oth.
In other West Ham news, vice-chairman Karren Brady has praised this Hammers star, whilst taking a dig at another.